FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will you read my manuscript and tell me what you think?
Could you help me get published/find an agent?
Do you write anything other than fantasy/fiction/novels?
Why did you become a writer?
Where do you get your ideas?
Due to my current workload and other matters going on I'm not at the liberty to read anyone's work. Besides time constraints, there's the whole issue of reading a work and then possibly subconsciously "lifting" something from the material and putting it into my own, which could cause some legal trouble down the road.
Regrettably, I have to turn down any offers to look at scripts and manuscripts for the above mentioned reasons. This doesn't mean you can't find some good folks to give you a fair review. Often times friends and family members give a great starting point to feedback and there are many places you can take your work, such as a local college English or literature professor, as well as swapping the work with local authors for their own critique. Often there is at least one writing group in the area that you could join or at least see if they might be willing to give some feedback. Also, many community centers and/or colleges offer writing workshops or creative writing courses which could not only help to hone some skills, but provide an audience to evaluate your work.
Unfortunately, no. Like most writers, you're going to have to do a lot of work on your own to get your story out there. That's the other side of the writing coin-that hard work beyond the endless hours of rewrites and revisions and the other various components that mix together into this interesting career. However, if you don't give up, the chances of you getting something out there are much better than simply letting it all slide after the wall of discouragement and tedious hoop jumping start to come against you. That all being said, I have provided what I think is some helpful information about agents and how to find one on the Pages from the Writer's Desk page.
Yes, I also write comic and graphic novel scripts in addition to short stories and novellas. As to non-fiction, I have and do write it from time to time. In fact, I'm currently playing around with an idea for a non-fiction work. Although, it will be some time before it will all get finalized in my notes and head and put into the publishing process.
I really didn't want to do anything else. Since I was twelve I knew I wanted to be a writer and a creator of things in a larger sense. In time I discovered, much to my delight, that I wasn't too bad at making up stories. It was making them good stories others would want to read that became the ongoing struggle. I guess, in a simple sense, I really enjoy creating things and found one of the easiest ways to do this is to make your own world in which you control things and have the ability to share events as they develop. I wasn't then and still haven't now been able to find any other endeavor on earth that lets me do this other than what I'm doing now.
I think it was Marvel Comics that once had a comic series called, "What If?" The premise was you had this germ of an idea: "What if Peter Parker didn't use his powers for good?" and then you had the story for that issue unfold from there. For me, and many other authors, getting ideas is just a simple matter of asking: "What if?" What if monkeys dominated man? What if the world suddenly reversed its magnetic poles? This is the seed of the idea that eventually becomes a story. However, it is also true that I have a lot of ideas spring up from the cooking pot of my mind without too much coaxing.
Writers are very observant folk. Whether they know it or not they're soaking things in like a sponge. The daily news, the weather, the way a person acts or speaks, these and a myriad more things are all soaked up into their heads and mix around for a while. This stew bubbles up in time and spits some things out. Sometimes they're not quite done yet and have to go back in the pot and sometimes they're just right.
I still use the what if question on these bits of stew, seeing where the idea goes and develops, if it goes anywhere at all. It's an ongoing process that never really ends because there are always ideas coming into and out of the pot and a lot of new ones that are stretched and created by asking, "What if?"
Of course, I'd be amiss if I didn't share I believe God has a huge hand in sending ideas my way and even shaping them in the process of development. And I'd be lying if I didn't give him the credit for the process. I know my limitations and so anytime I exceed them it's wise to acknowledge it.